Happy Obamaween!

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Filed Under Humor on Oct 31 

A Halloween chuckle …

 

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President Obama is having to admit this week, or at least through surrogates, that he may have had some inkling that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance when Obamacare was enacted. With an austere, almost callous way, Democrats are saying that they recognize that the shift in healthcare mandates, laws, and structures will lead people away from their current care and onto a different system. What is surprising, however, is the unapologetic nature of the President and his Administration for what is essentially lying to the American people. Upon greater reflection, maybe it isn’t surprising at all.

The President has an ego, there is no doubt, and it is not unheard of for a President or powerful politician to carry with them this approach to life. Yet, what is so amazing is the brazen way with which he approaches this ego, demonstrating it at every turn. There is no “I’m sorry for lying” or even an “oh I feel badly.” There is no feigned sincerity or admission of culpability. His ego is his leader and he has no problem falling in lockstep with his own ambitions, regardless of who they may hurt.

Obamacare is a disaster, that is known to most everyone, even the President himself has to know. Yet, it will be enacted and pushed through in the coming years, regardless of whom it hurts. The President doesn’t care if the legislation is right. He cares that he gets what he wants and doesn’t back down. Compromise or even self-reflection is not in the cards for this man and anyone who has even vaguely followed his career will see that. Still, though, it would be nice if for a moment he realized he may have made a mistake and that he needs time to reevaluate the positions he takes. Chances are, though, this will just be another rammed piece of messed up legislation that hurts more than it helps and the President will refrain from caring once again.

For those Americans who have not allowed popular culture and modern distractions move their eyes away from the cover up and denial of the Benghazi attacks and are still interested in finding the truth, there has been movement this week in some important intelligence breaks. Reports are showing that there was concern days before the September 11th attacks that there was a potentially imminent attack in the works and that the United States government was alerted of the embassies concerns. Further, new developments also suggest that US foreign policy may have failed to keep detained an individual that was not only a threat in the past but potentially an active member in the assault planning.

The Benghazi attack on September 11th that killed four Americans was not one that was based off of a movie or a documentary’s potentially inflaming remarks. Though the White House would like us to think this, or tried their best to force feed this narrative down our throats, there is now developing clear and concise evidence that the attack was planned for weeks prior to the attack. The movie was not a consideration for those that planned to harm Americans. It was the fact that Americans are AMERICANS that was the tipping point for this group of depraved and disgusting human beings. It continues to be a denial point for President Obama who will simply not admit he was at best wrong and at worst negligible in handling the situation in advance of murder and chaos.

A new development also suggests that a former detainee at Gitmo was in the vicinity when the attacks occurred. This suggests that not only have we failed the Benghazi victims by not investigating further and openly into why they were killed and avoiding all talk of the true understandings of what happened, but that we have failed the American people by putting political correctness when it comes to dealing with non-citizen terrorists ahead of safety. It is time the politics stopped and the real investigation into Benghazi begins. The fact is the surface has yet to be scratched and no matter how much they try to hide it, let us demand the truth from all those involved… come what may.

The Obama Administration is feeling the heat after failed login attempts, technological glitches, and other problems pertaining to the Obamacare online registration. Individuals from across the country are trying desperately to see if they are going to be able to access healthcare and if so, how much their premiums will go down (or most likely up) once on the exchange. With more and more employers dropping coverage as an unintended (or un-thought of) consequence of the Obamacare plan, it is growing increasingly temperamental in the public. The result: the citizens of the United States are beginning to take more than just the media’s perspective on the issue of Obamacare legislation into their opinion count. They are beginning to realize what many have known for a while now: glitch or no glitch, the system is failing us.

What the delay in healthcare premium information access has done is more than just cost time and frustration on the part of the American people. It has allowed them the time to think about what they are really getting into. More and more Americans of all income levels and all stages of life are being hit hard with higher numbers than they are currently playing. They are realizing that what they are promised is not being delivered and what they had hoped for is a long distance past reality.

That, I believe, is what angers the Obama Administration the most. It is the idea that the Obamacare glitches are not technical only. They are giving American pause and time to think about the numbers and what they are actually being dealt as individuals and families. Struggling to keep food on the table but still seeing higher numbers returned on an application is mind numbing and crushing. That is what the Obama Administration is most concerned about.

Racial Hyperbole Once Again

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Filed Under Congress on Oct 24 

What can be said about hyperbolic imagery and politics? That they go hand in hand? That it is right? That the images that are used are freedom of speech and opinion? Maybe all of these aspects are correct and maybe they are all morally wrong.

In a recent campaign add, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson decided to use a slam against the Tea Party in propaganda for his campaign. The Tea Party is a movement with a lot of strength in garnering attention so it is not wonder that they are the current political punching bag. What Grayson did, however, was go far beyond the hints and suggestions that this group of Americans is racist and somehow hates our President and his policies solely because he is African-American. In the advertisement itself, Grayson went so far as to use the image of a burning cross, signifying not only this Tea Party disdain but also joining in using an image of such hatred and volatility that it should be one that is never used in jest.

What this highlights is not that the leftists like Grayson who profit in hyperbole are wrong, though they are. It highlights again the use of race as a tool of division not by the right but by the left. Are there in fact racists in the Tea Party? Probably…just as there are in the Democratic Party, pro-choice movements, and green causes as well. The African American population of this country has been a target and a political play for the Democrats since they knew they could garner their votes. They have been reminded of slavery, of an unrealistic inferiority that is needed by the left to hold them down, and yet, they continue to support the party. Another great awakening is needed in this country. One where the race baiters are told that they will not use race alone to garner a vote and they will not use the disgusting and sad and angering discrimination of the past to achieve their goals. Enough is enough.

One need not look to a study or to a newspaper article in order to realize that the economic picture for many American families is a bleak one. Young people and middle-aged, formally educated and not, male and female, across demographic lines there is a unique and interesting trend that unites many groups in America: struggle. More than just a feeling or an observation, however, there is now the unnecessary yet (ironically) needed quantification of these feelings for solidified absorption by academics and the mass public alike via more and more research into this economic downturn.

A study by the Opportunity Nation Coalition found that there was an increase in the number of young people looking for work. Among their findings, over five million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 were struggling to find themselves firmly positioned in the career world. Just one of many, this study helps to bring to light once again just how tough these times are and that, no matter what is discussed by our current Administration or the glowing reviews that he himself provides, the struggles of the American people are real.

What is amazing, from a political standpoint, that is amongst the suffering and those who are facing job losses, healthcare failures, and more, that there is still an adherence to the Obama Administration policies. There is a belief in the master of all things political rather than recognizing that his policies are helping to create a downturn at worst and at best, they are simply prolonging an unneeded and able to be helped situation. The gentleman in charge is doing very little right in many ways, but one thing that he is doing right is controlling his minions and those that will follow what he says without looking further into the accuracy of it. Though, I believe, he is failing as a leader when it comes to actual leadership, I wish that the other party and those who challenge his beliefs for the good of America harnessed the power of his messaging and used it for good instead of evil.

With the United States focused on Obamacare and its consistent failures before full implementation even begins, there are many scandals and potential problems that are being pushed to the backburner. Anyone remember Benghazi? One of the scandals and problems that is being avoided and may potentially cause harm to our foreign policy amidst the consistent threat to our domestic sanity is Edward Snowden. Remember him?

Whether it was to stay relevant or a true threat, the young man who has leaked several national security secrets to the media is at it again. Snowden’s father has released a statement that expounded on the potential for more secrets to be pushed into the media spotlight if his son deems so. Though it is Lon Snowden’s belief that Russian and Chinese authorities have no access to this information, he cannot promise that his son will not try to do something hostile with the information in the future.

The problem with the Snowden case is not in his access and providing of confidential materials. Rather, it is in the fact that he has single handedly controlled his own situation from the beginning. This young punk, though you may feel he is doing a service, is not willing to stand up for what he supposedly believes is right. In running away to a foreign country and hiding behind authorities that have no respect for our nation, he has showed the cracks in the national security policy of this administration. Russia is literally giving the middle finger to the United States and is doing so because he truly does not fear us. There is something to be said for fear. It keeps nations on edge and believing that words have impact and threats follow through. The Snowden case highlights that the nation sees America as weakening, not only financially but in their relations with foreign governments. No, we need not be warhawks and we need not be overly aggressive…. But the idea we might be is okay with me.

The Republican Party is being blamed by many Americans for the downturn in financial talks and the ultimate display of politics on the House and Senate floors. Regardless of the accuracy and of the truth in this opinion, it is a realistic problem that the Republican party must face. There is no coherency, infighting, and an overt disregard and disdain of different factions within the Party. While the meaning, principles, and actions may be completely justified and the message one for a better nation, the infighting and public displays of disdain are growing thin and leaving many wondering if the biggest problem in the Republican Party is the party itself.

I do not like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and even Barack Obama. However, there is something to be said for their working together and demanding following from their own party members. They are unified in many approaches, protecting their own to a fault and when it comes to a movement, strong leaders are necessary. While the message is misguided at best and democracy killing at worst, the respect and coherence of message is doing one thing in the public: it’s working. The infighting, for the main part, remains behind closed doors. Sure, there are those awkward moments of feigned public affection between Reid and Pelosi but at least they are trying to put a united front.

Americans can be misguided, they can be easily led. They may by into the hysteria and theatrics of the Democrats and do so blindly. Yet, it is these same people that must be relied upon to gain access and power in political offices. If the Republican Party continues to falter and struggle within, the public sees this as problematic, not as a testament to the differences of opinion represented in the party. Whether you hate or love the libertarians, old party elite, or even the Tea Party movement, they are all part of the same party and embracing the differences and working to sort it out behind closed doors would be better to defeat the political machine that is the Democrats. Without unification, I believe, there is no chance and no shot at the White House and no chance for real reform and true growth in the future…. And the American people will blindly suffer.

Party of No? i’ll Take It

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Filed Under Healthcare on Oct 18 

What do you say about Obamacare? What do you say about a piece of legislation that will vastly change the landscape of American health policy and American politics in general? What do you say about a financial landscape that is tentative at best and tumultuous and volatile at worst? You call this America and while I love the country, I hate the way it is heading.

Scandals are everywhere in politics today and while that is not something new, it is something of increasing concern to this American. We have a nation that appears to be breaking at the seams, internally and externally. Our international standing is failing, legislation is being passed with more pork than a barbeque restaurant, and the nation appears to be asleep at the wheel, allowing others to drive toward the proverbial cliff without an attempt at pumping the brakes. Sure, Republicans and conservatives are known as the Party of no. But why is that something to run from? No… I don’t want your massive healthcare legislation. No… I don’t want you to avoid conversations about our failing international policy and financial debt. No… I don’t want you to change the course of this nation beyond all recognition. No… I don’t want you changing my America into one that I do not even recognize.

From Benghazi (remember that?), to the national debt, to the problems at home and abroad, our nation is forever changing. More and more gun rights are taken away from law abiding citizens while gang violence in the streets of Chicago continues to run wild. Our principles are being assaulted in the name of progress and we continue to mistake change for evolution rather than devolution. The media continues to bash Republicans, conservatives, gun rights advocates, and Christians as if they are the enemy while ignoring the true problems of this world and of our nation. While Americans continue to focus on the small things, we are missing the big picture and before we all know it, the America we love will be gone. It is time for a change, a peaceful revolution, and it is time that we as Americans but first as a Party and principled people say “No” and own it with pride. After all, saying yes to everything is gluttonous and gluttony is a deadly sin… even for a nation.

There are many different adjectives that can be thrown about when it comes to Obamacare and the physical debate. From confusing to complicated to socialistic, the descriptors seem to range in the area of negativity rather than positivity among the public. Yet, as rhetoric on both sides of the political aisle continues to heat in its temperature, it was unlikely that those on the left would make it about race again…right? Wrong. Once again the left is searching for a way to spin the debate and make it about race and the mainstream media continues to play into the charade.

In recent days, as the debate on Capitol Hill rages and both intra and inter party politics becomes more and more involved, political pundits, officials, and members of the media are trying their best to create a new narrative. Critics of the republican and tea party efforts to stop funding of Obamacare, pay down the debt, and fiscally restrain the government, are finding themselves being labeled as racist. Suddenly, those who hate the President’s legislation are being told that they must hate a non-white president and that is the crux of their issues with Mr. Obama and Democratic Party efforts.

The sad thing is not simply that the left accuses the right of being racist. Rather, it is the idea that they use such a disgusting word and adjective to describe a situation that has nothing to do with race. To exploit and apply the descriptor of racism to every situation that does not go there way is absolutely ridiculous and in itself racially biased. It inevitably puts the President in a position of victimhood and weakness, rather than strength and fortitude. By calling every critic a racist without them truly being so, the left is inevitably creating a situation in which the President is viewed as one who could not possibly be argued with on the merits of his case… nor is he held to the standard of having to defend his position on its merits. Rather, they are allowing him to walk away without genuinely addressing the issue by creating a bully and a disease that does not exist. In this way, then, I would argue that the left and their claims of racism are not only paving the way for a failed state of policies but also making the road harder for minorities in the future to reach the same level as President Obama. Well done lefties… well done.

There is an old adage that I learned in Girl Scouts but many of us learn in church camps, school functions, or in those feel good moments during youth when life lessons are taught: Make new friends… but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold. When it comes to politics, kickbacks, and favors, the Obama Administration must have this embroidered on every throw pillow in the White House and noted on their Obama Phones. What friend am I referencing? Yes, as you probably heard, ACORN is back in a big way.

In an effort to promote Obamacare and get individuals enrolled in the program (which continues to be a nightmare and terrifying for most individuals and American citizens paying attention to the details), a nonprofit group is rolling out what is being called navigator. The navigator drive or initiative is meant to help those who are interested, want it, or are forced into it to enroll for the Obamacare plan. This, in a way, could sound like an effort not worth giving two hoots about from a political or governmental relations standpoint. The problem, however, is not so much in what they are trying to do (aside from the obvious issues with Obamacare itself and the terror it will display toward our nation) but also by who is in charge and potentially receiving funding in this effort.

The leader of the navigator group, which is planning on targeting numerous states in the US, is none other than the founder of ACORN itself Mr. Wade Rathke. Not only that, but it is being reported that the now debunk group may have several members in navigator and could potentially have access to taxpayer funds in the near future if they have not been given some already. Republicans and watchdog groups are outraged by this and are beginning to speak up, citing that not only was the group originally disbanded and all funding from the government cut but with such a fiscal emergency that is leading to a government shutdown occurring as this is happening, it is amazing that taxpayer dollars could end up in this group (especially when they couldn’t find their way to our fallen soldiers’ households.) I guess an ACORN by any other name, smells just as bad….

Republicans are really digging a grave here. I understand the rejection and condemnation for Obamacare, but it doesn’t appear the President is willing to negotiate. If he was willing to negotiate the government wouldn’t have shut down.

When Obama spoke yesterday, he placed every ounce of blame on Republicans, and a lot of people understand that this wouldn’t have happened if both sides weren’t at fault. However, the President takes zero accountability for this government shutdown and just keeps shaming and pointing his finger at the GOP.

This leaves the GOP in a worst spot than they were in before. Now, millions of people have listened to the propaganda of our President who 100% blames the Republican Party for the government shutdown. If…and this is a very big “if”… the President does agree to a negotiation, say of the medical device tax, and they approve a budget and everyone goes back to work, Obama is going to appear to be the hero. Which is utter garbage because that tax is garbage and never should’ve existed anyway.

The Senate’s rejection of two House bills; one delaying the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and another offering a negotiation. Who called whose bluff? While the government has shut down, Obamacare still went into full effect October 1.

Honestly, it wasn’t worth delaying Obamacare because the President has already delayed many parts of the law. Which is exactly what it is … it’s a law. It was passed by the House and Senate and is now in effect. Whether or not we like or agree with everything in it (i.e. medical device tax), it doesn’t and shouldn’t affect funding our government.

The last time this happened was in 1995 when Bill Clinton was President. This shutdown isn’t anything like that because Obama’s approval rating are way down and these days his affability is nothing like Clinton’s was.

Only time will tell where this goes from here…